|Publication number||US7658513 B2|
|Application number||US 11/745,836|
|Publication date||Feb 9, 2010|
|Filing date||May 8, 2007|
|Priority date||Mar 3, 2005|
|Also published as||CA2681161A1, CA2681161C, EP2142849A1, EP2142849A4, EP2142849B1, US20080247170, WO2008140884A1|
|Publication number||11745836, 745836, US 7658513 B2, US 7658513B2, US-B2-7658513, US7658513 B2, US7658513B2|
|Inventors||John P. Peck|
|Original Assignee||Dialight Corporation|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (19), Referenced by (33), Classifications (16), Legal Events (3)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
The present patent document is a continuation-in-part of U.S. application Ser. No. 11/620,968 filed on Jan. 8, 2007, which in turn is a continuation-in-part of U.S. application Ser. No. 11/069,989 filed Mar. 3, 2005, the entire contents of each of which are hereby incorporated herein by reference.
The present invention is directed to an LED (light emitting diode) and reflector illumination device that creates a highly uniform illumination/intensity pattern.
Generally, light sources emit light in a spherical pattern. Light emitting diodes (LEDs) are unique in that they emit light into a hemispherical pattern from about −90° to 90° as shown in
With the LED illumination device 10 in
The present inventor recognized that certain applications require highly uniform illumination patterns. In some cases the illumination must not exceed a ratio of 10 to 1 between the highest and lowest illuminance values within the lighted target area. Some examples of this are street lighting, parking garage lighting, and walkway lighting. Applications such as wall-mounted lights require a highly uniform non-circular pattern to direct light at a floor, and not waste light by over illuminating the wall.
As another example of an application in which it would be advantageous to create a non-circular pattern, in certain applications an illumination or intensity distribution may be desired that is broader in one direction than another direction. Automotive lighting applications such as head lamps, turn signals, or tail lamps are examples of such applications. As an example an automotive tail lamp has a desired intensity distribution that is much wider in a horizontal plane than a vertical plane. Such a type of light pattern may be referred to as a long-and-narrow distribution.
Other applications may also benefit from creating a non-circular light output illumination/intensity pattern.
Accordingly, one object of the present invention is to provide a novel LED illumination device that can generate a highly uniform illumination pattern.
A further object of the present invention is to generate a non-circular light output illumination/intensity pattern.
The present invention achieves the above-noted results by providing a novel illumination source including reflectors with a conic or conic-like shape. Further, a light emitting diode (LED) is positioned with respect to a first reflector so that the high intensity light emitted along the central axis of the LED is diverted away from the central axis by the first reflector. A second reflector located opposite the first reflector directs light from a higher angle toward the angle that corresponds to the central axis of the LED. This second reflector essentially fills in light along the central axis of the LED but with a lower intensity that is more appropriate to illuminate the area directly in front of and nearest the LED.
A more complete appreciation of the present invention and many of the attendant advantages thereof will be readily obtained as the same becomes better understood by reference to the following detailed description when considered in connection with the accompanying drawings, wherein:
Referring now to the drawings, wherein like reference numerals designate identical or corresponding parts throughout the several views, and more particularly to
In one embodiment the LED illumination device of
In the embodiment of the present invention shown in
There is an opening between the two reflectors 15, 16 to illuminate the area on the ground that is not covered by the two reflectors 15, 16, which may be the target area located between the areas illuminated by the first and second reflectors 15, 16. Such an orientation creates a light output with a uniform and semicircle based illumination/intensity light pattern suitable for wall-mounting lighting applications, such as shown in
As noted above with respect to
In contrast to such a background structure such as in
If only the first reflector 15 was utilized, a dark area would be left underneath and behind the illumination device 90. However, the second reflector 16 can be used to redirect light emitted from the other side of the LED 1 to fill in angles obscured by the first reflector 15. The light emitted from the side of the LED 1 is of lower intensity and therefore will not create a hotspot in the center target area located directly in front of the illumination device 90. The reflector 16 can also be shaped to direct a small amount of light backward to appropriately illuminate the wall.
There is an opening between the two reflectors 15, 16 to allow light from the LED 1 to directly illuminate the region of the target area that is not illuminated by the first and second reflectors 15, 16. Considering this, the reflector surfaces could also be designed to provide a smooth transition across the target area.
To create the desired light output intensity pattern, the reflectors 15, 16 in the embodiment of
The reflectors 15, 16 may also be formed of a typical hollowed reflecting surface. If the reflectors 15, 16 are typical hollowed reflecting surfaces, they can be formed of a metal, a metalized surface, or another reflectorized surface.
Further details as to the conic or conic-like shape that the reflectors 15, 16 can take is discussed below.
A cover or lens 65, as shown in
As a further employment of the embodiment of
An isofootcandle chart for 52 83-lumen LEDs with a revolved reflector of
As a modification of the embodiments of
As noted above with respect to
In contrast to the background structure such as in
To create the semicircle-like light output intensity pattern, the reflector 21 also has a conic or conic-like shape. The reflector 21 can take the shape of any conic including a hyperbola, a parabola, an ellipse, a sphere, or a modified conic.
The reflector 21 may be formed of a typical hollowed reflecting surface. If the reflector 21 is a typical hallowed reflecting surface, it can be formed of a metal, a metalized surface, or another reflectorized surface.
Or, in a further embodiment of the present invention as shown in
In a further embodiment of the present invention as shown in
Choosing the specific shape of any of the reflectors 15, 16, 15′, 16′, 21, 31, 41, 77, 78, 79 can change the illumination/intensity pattern generated by the LED illumination device 20. As noted above, the reflectors 15, 16, 15′, 16′, 21, 31, 41, 77, 78, 79 each have a conic or conic-like shape to realize a semicircle-based illumination/intensity pattern.
Conic shapes are used commonly in reflectors and are defined by the function:
where x, y, and z are positions on a typical 3-axis system, k is the conic constant, and c is the curvature. Hyperbolas (k<−1), parabolas (k=−1), ellipses (−1<k<0), spheres (k=0), and oblate spheres (k>0) are all forms of conics. The reflectors 11, 21 shown in
One can also modify the basic conic shape by using additional mathematical terms. An example is the following polynomial:
where F is an arbitrary function, and in the case of an asphere F can equal
in which C is a constant.
Conic shapes can also be reproduced/modified using a set of points and a basic curve such as spline fit, which results in a conic-like shape for the reflectors 15, 16, 15′, 16′, 21, 31, 41, 77, 78, 79.
Thereby, one of ordinary skill in the art will recognize that the desired illumination/intensity pattern output by the illumination devices 90, 20, 30, 40 can be realized by modifications to the shape of the reflector 15, 16, 15′, 16′, 21, 31, 41, 77, 78, 79 by modifying the above-noted parameters such as in equations (1), (2).
As discussed above, some illumination applications may desire an intensity distribution of output light that is broader in one direction than another. For example, an automotive lighting application such as shown in
Further, in the illumination device 60 of
The embodiment noted above in
According to a further embodiment of an illumination device of the present invention as shown in
Also similar to the embodiment of
In each of these further embodiments in
The features in the further embodiments such as in
Obviously, numerous additional modifications and variations of the present invention are possible in light of the above teachings. It is therefore to be understood that within the scope of the appended claims, the present invention may be practiced otherwise than as specifically described herein.
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|U.S. Classification||362/298, 362/800|
|Cooperative Classification||F21Y2115/10, F21W2131/10, F21S8/033, F21W2111/00, F21V7/0025, F21V7/005, F21V7/0008, F21V7/0091, F21V7/09, Y10S362/80|
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